'F** off': Paige Spiranac hits out at 'coward' Aussie commentator

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Paige Spiranac has fired up over a comment from an Australian sports commentator. Pic: Instagram
Paige Spiranac has fired up over a comment from an Australian sports commentator. Pic: Instagram

Paige Spiranac has lashed out at an Australian commentator who questioned her place in an advertisement for a betting company.

The American has a massive social media presence with more than three million followers on Instagram alone.

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Spiranac's Playing a Round podcast has also proved a big hit around the world, helping to turn the 27-year-old into a household name in the sporting world.

The social media starlet has frequently spoken of the criticism she cops around issues like her body shape and the way she dresses and promotes herself.

However, Spiranac is known for calling out her haters and has a reputation for fiercely defending herself against the negativity directed towards her online.

Aussie sport commentator Francis Leach has now felt the wrath of the American after he called out a Melbourne-based newspaper's full-page ad featuring the 27-year-old glamour.

The advertisement for betting company, Points Bet, featured Spiranac in a form-fitting red dress holding a golf club in one hand and a mobile phone displaying the betting app in the other.

Leach labelled the ad "garbage" and called out The Age for using the glamorous image of Spiranac "at a time when the objectification and abuse of women" was such a prominent issue in society.

Leach is a well-known commentator in Australian football and operates as a freelance sports commentator in digital and broadcast media.

His post drew a sharp rebuke from the woman herself, with Spiranac challenging Leach to "tag her" the next time he decided to make a comment about her.

“F** off,” Spiranac commented in response to Leach’s tweet.

She then added : “Tag me next time you coward. My name is right there”.

Many other users defended Spiranac by hitting out at Leach, accusing him of being the one "reducing her to a “plaything” in the controversial tweet.

Spiranac's message for body-shamers

Earlier this year Spiranac was forced to hit out at online trolls for body-shaming her, after discussing some of the constant vitriol she receives on social media.

"It’s crazy I can be told I look too fat, too skinny, too plastic, too old, wearing too much makeup, not enough makeup, boobs too big, butt not big enough, too pale, hair too blonde, not blonde enough all in one day," Spiranac wrote.

"Guys it’s not a build a bear workshop over here. Calm it down."

The 27-year-old often posts golf tutorial videos on Instagram that have proved hugely popular with fans.

Spiranac is also proud of the charity work she's involved in and has often had to dispel the notion that her accomplishments in life are exclusively down to her appearance.

“People seem to think I got where I am because of the clothes that I wear. That’s unfair to me and unfair to all of my accomplishments," she said in a 2018 interview.

"I probably do more community service than any other professional golfer. For people to say: ‘You only show some cleavage, that’s why you have what you have,’ is unfair.

"That’s the injustice that we face every day as women and I see it a lot in golf.”

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